Colombo, July 6: Is the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) going to be a realised dream or will it in fact be knocked off of the calender? That's the quandary that Sri Lanka's new cricket interim community will discuss with the tournament's commercial-rights' owners Somerset Entertainment Ventures, on Friday.
"We have not yet met the SLPL organisers," Sidath Wettimuny, one of the members of the new committee, told ESPNcricinfo. "The meeting is scheduled on Friday." Wettimuny also rubbished rumours that the tournament had been prologued or that it would go ahead with only Sri Lankan players.
The SLC interim committee has taken over from a previous one which had been dissolved recently. The changing of guard so near the commencement of the tournament comes as an additional blow to the SLPL after the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) barred its players from taking part. The BCCI's grouse was that with Somerset managing the contracts of international players, there was likelihood of complications arising for which the SLC wouldn't be answerable to.
Even after the SLC's subsequent assurance that it would back the Indian player's contracts, the BCCI wouldn't budge. An additional concern for the Indian board was that deposed former chairman of the Indian Premier League had been reportedly colluding with the SCL to launch the tournament, a claim that the Lankan board had outright denied.
With the BCCI pulling out, the SLC is consequently deprived of tapping into the lucrative Indian television viewership which alone would have made the SLPL financially viable.
Serving as motivation for the SLC to go ahead with the tournament, is that the winner of SLPL will be able to avail of ab berth in the Champions League. But the SLC is running out of time as it will have less than two weeks after Friday's meeting to organise the event.